We are pleased to announce the worldwide launch of DTP with support for English, French, and German languages. With this launch, authors and publishers around the world can use DTP to upload and sell books in English, German and French to customers worldwide in the Kindle Store(http://www.amazon.com/kindlestore.
Additional language options with DTP will be added in the coming months.
We have made a number of other changes to our Terms and Conditions. Key highlights include:
1. We have made it easier than ever for our publishers to exercise their choice of Digital Rights Management (DRM) on Kindle store. Publishers are now able to select 'Enable or Disable DRM' option on a per-title basis during the submission process.
2. We now require that a title's list price not exceed the lowest suggested retail price or equivalent price for any physical edition of the book.
3. To be accepted in the DTP program, digital books with a file size greater than 3 megabytes up to 10 megabytes must also have a list price of at least $1.99, and digital books with a file size of 10 megabytes or greater must have a list price of at least $2.99.We are excited about launching these features and look forward to serving authors and publishers globally.
Baby steps, but this is all good. One of the most important things here is that the DRM decision has now been handed over to the rights owner, where it belongs. As far as the pricing structure, well, some Indie authors will have a problem with this and so will some readers who want cheap content. It used to be a good Indie marketing strategy to have the cheapest content out there in order to entice more readers to take a chance, but to me $1.99 is still a steal, and 3-10 megs is still a lot for a straight text ebook. Even my largest novella comes in way under the 3 meg mark. There are a host of other changes to the DTP agreement, and most publishers will have received a note via email about them already. International bank accounts are now permitted, obviously, and they have added a pay by check option for royalties -- though like Scribd, your royalties must reach $100.00 before a check will cut versus the EFT option of $10.00 min. Now if we can just get Amazon to open Kindle to the standard ePub format as well as the mobi format then they could rise above the Nook and Sony readers. After all, that's where Kindle lost me ... I wanted a multiformat reader with wider purchasing options.